Sadly, this is the last post for 2017 SFF Female Author Project, where during the month of March I highlight women writing science fiction and fantasy. But don’t be alarmed! I am planning to resume this project next March in 2018.
March 26th – Tenea D. Johnson
I discovered Tenea D. Johnson on a list of marginalized author’s who’ve largely been forgotten by genre history. Despite winning the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her debut novel Smoketown, her work has been mostly ignored. And that’s a great shame! Smoketown is a beautifully written book that combines the dystopian genre with magical realism to create an original and compelling piece of speculative fiction. She’s also written R/evolution, a dystopic novella about race and class in America.
Recommended starting place: Smoketown, a fantastical dystopian novel.
March 27th – Corinne Duyvis
Corinne Duyvis is the young adult author of both science fiction and fantasy. She’s a huge proponent of diversity in literature, and she co-founded Disability in Kidlit, a website features reviews by reviewers who share the disability portrayed in the book. Corinne Duyvis is also the creator of the Own Voices hashtag. Her debut novel was Otherbound, a YA portal fantasy. Her most recent book was On the Edge of Gone, a YA apocalyptic novel with an autistic protagonist trying to secure a future for her family.
Recommended starting place: On the Edge of Gone, a YA apocalyptic novel.
March 28th – Aliette de Bodard
Aliette de Bodard began her writing career with short fiction, most notably the Xuya series of stories, in which Vietnamese culture has taken to the stars. Her Xuya novella On a Red Station, Drifting was nominated for a Hugo, Locus and Nebula. Her short fiction bibliography can be found here. However, de Bodard is also the author of several fantasy novels, including a series set in the Aztec Empire (begin with Servant of the Underworld). She is currently writing about a magical, post-apocalyptic Paris in her Dominion of the Fallen series.
Recommended starting place: On a Red Station, Drifting, a science fiction novella, or The House of Shattered Wings, a alternate history fantasy novel, or “Immersion,” an award winning science fiction short story.
March 29th – Ann Leckie
Ann Leckie is the award winning author of the Imperial Radch trilogy, which begins with Ancillary Justice. This space opera trilogy takes place in a far future, where the Radch empire has colonized vast swathes of space. Breq, our protagonist, is a sentient space ship who’s been almost entirely destroyed – all that remains of her is one ancillary body and a desire for revenge. This trilogy deals with themes of colonialism, imperialism, and gender.
Recommended starting place: Ancillary Justice, the beginning of a space opera trilogy
March 30th – Diane Duane
Diane Duane is best known for her Star Trek tie in novels and her young adult Young Wizards series. In 1979, she published her first novel, The Door Into Fire, a fantasy set in a gender egalitarian world where everyone is pansexual. In 1983, she published the first book in the ten books and counting Young Wizards series, So You Want to Be a Wizard. In addition to novels, she has also written short stories, comics, computer games, and screen plays. Her screenwriting experience includes episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Recommended starting place: So You Want to Be a Wizard, a YA fantasy novel that includes science fiction aspects (ex. alien wizards).
March 31st – Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear is the prolific author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Steampunk, science fiction, cyberpunk, urban fantasy epic fantasy… she’s written it all. Her stories usually include diverse casts, with many characters of color and queer characters. Listing out all her books would take more space than I have here. Heck, Tor.com has an entire blog post on where to start with her work… and they don’t even cover all of it!